I just want to crawl up with a good book and a soul-warming, comforting bowl of dal, and hibernate until the weather turns warm. Something about Indian dal that is so appealing and soothing — the complex combination of spices, chiles, and herbs completely resonates with me. This moong bean (split and hulled/skinned) dal recipe … Continue Reading

I’ve never met a chile pepper, hot sauce, or chile-based condiment that I didn’t like. Do you have an affinity for heat? Don’t you just love that endorphin, light-headed, nose-running, tongue-numbing, feel-good-all-over rush you get when you eat something spicy? Somewhere along the way I discovered yuzu and yuzu kosho. Yuzu, an ever-so-fragrant and utterly aromatic, … Continue Reading

I’m not usually this ahead of the game. Still a week out from Thanksgiving and am already menu planning. Typically, I’m trying to figure this out the day before or the day of. Organization is not my forte. From a food standpoint, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey (and giving thanks, of course). For me, … Continue Reading

It’s mid-October and the lure of fall (and pumpkin) is strong, but I’m not quite ready to bid farewell to some of my summer faves — eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, the holy trinity of summer vegetables. They’re still abundant at my local farmers’ markets, so was eager to take advantage of them, as in a … Continue Reading

Tahini. Nothing more than sesame seeds that have been ground to form a smooth and velvety paste. Tahini seems to be everywhere these days, although there’s nothing remotely novel or new about sesame seeds. Rather, it’s an ancient food that has been cultivated in India since 5000 BC; references to sesame seeds have been found on cuneiforms … Continue Reading